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Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd

25 October 1888 - 11 March 1957

 
 
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
1. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Marker
Inscription. Here was born and reared Richard Evelyn Byrd, aviator and polar explorer. A 1912 U.S. Navy Academy graduate, he received the Medal of Honor for the first flight over the North Pole in 1926, and made the first commercial nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927. In 1928 he organized and led the first of five Antarctic expeditions, and flew over the South Pole in 1929. Byrd spent the winter of 1934 along a hundred miles from his base at Little America, conducting scientific experiments. Of his several books, the best known is Alone. Byrd is regarded as the father of the Antarctic Peace Treaty, which bans the military use of Antarctica. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q 4-g.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 11.203′ N, 78° 10.318′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Amherst Street and Boscawen Street (Business U.S. 50), on the right when traveling west on Amherst Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 326 Amherst Street, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within
Admiral Byrd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
2. Admiral Byrd Marker
walking distance of this marker. Daniel Morgan House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catherine B. Conrad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron (approx. ¼ mile away); Little-Holiday House (approx. ¼ mile away); Glen Burnie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sheridan’s Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Braddock Street Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Washington Lot (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Glen Burnie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington’s Office (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Admiral Byrd. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Details concerning his career, Medal of Honor, and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Admiral Byrd's Papers and Archival Library. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Report from Deep Freeze I. Admiral Byrd's Last expedition to Antarctica. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceExploration
 
 
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